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What was the first search engine you used?

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Archie
  20% 123 votes
Veronica
  2% 14 votes
Altavista
  61% 375 votes
Yahoo!
  8% 51 votes
Google
  5% 32 votes
I never need to search, you insensitive clod!
  2% 18 votes
613 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • (Score: 2) by richtopia on Wednesday April 08 2015, @06:42PM

    by richtopia (3160) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 08 2015, @06:42PM (#167938) Homepage Journal

    When I was first introduced to the internet, I think I may have been shown yahoo as the first engine. I do remember being taught by my father that it is likely that if you add ".com" to the end of a word, the page may exist, for example ibm.com. While I never had a jarring experience, looking back I realize how horrible advice it was. I think I was 7ish so this would be around 93.

    • (Score: 2) by SrLnclt on Wednesday April 08 2015, @08:06PM

      by SrLnclt (1473) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 08 2015, @08:06PM (#167971)

      Good thing WhiteHouse.com wasn't yet being used as an adult website yet if you wanted to learn more about the new US President Clinton back in 1993.

      I never realized the irony of that site gaining notoriety in the late 90's around the same time Bill and Monica were having a little too much fun in the oval office.

      • (Score: 2) by mendax on Friday April 10 2015, @06:25AM

        by mendax (2840) on Friday April 10 2015, @06:25AM (#168651)

        I never realized the irony of that site gaining notoriety in the late 90's around the same time Bill and Monica were having a little too much fun in the oval office.

        Oval office? I thought it was the Oral Orifice!

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        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Jeremiah Cornelius on Tuesday April 14 2015, @09:17PM

          by Jeremiah Cornelius (2785) on Tuesday April 14 2015, @09:17PM (#170551) Journal

          Evil Orifice.

          'Course there's plenny wimmins gonna vote "Hillary" because they'd all Monica in a minute if opportunitied.

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    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Saturday April 11 2015, @05:54AM

      by mhajicek (51) on Saturday April 11 2015, @05:54AM (#168903)

      First search engine I used was a card file and the Dewey Decimal System.

      • (Score: 2) by mendax on Saturday April 11 2015, @06:27AM

        by mendax (2840) on Saturday April 11 2015, @06:27AM (#168909)

        Got you beat there. My first search engine was on clay tablets.

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      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday April 16 2015, @02:08AM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 16 2015, @02:08AM (#171308) Homepage Journal

        Ditto here. Ya know - I never did really question who or what Dewey was. I just entered it into Google. Some old coot who dreamed up a method of categorizing the books in a library. Who'da thunk it? I just learned the system, I didn't worry about buying the old guy a birthday card or anything.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by saracoth on Wednesday April 08 2015, @07:44PM

    by saracoth (3631) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @07:44PM (#167964)

    Starting from Excite, I think I then switched to some meta-search-engine or another, and eventually to Google.

    • (Score: 1) by lcklspckl on Wednesday April 08 2015, @10:46PM

      by lcklspckl (830) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @10:46PM (#168029)

      Pretty sure that this was my first search engine. I'd forgotten about it. Then Alta Vista because it was so much better. Then I found Yahoo! and it was so much better. Then I was recommended Google, and it was so much better. Now I'm lost. Google has good presentation. I find Yahoo! and Bing to be annoying, but I favor Bing over Yahoo! I tried Blackle as a goof, which of course is Google all dressed in black. Now it's DuckDuckGo when I'm not in a hurry for an image or map.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by mr_mischief on Saturday April 11 2015, @12:23AM

      by mr_mischief (4884) on Saturday April 11 2015, @12:23AM (#168869)

      There were a few really handy meta-search engines, some of which are still around.

      Metacrawler [metacrawler.com] is now Zoo [zoo.com]. It doesn't search as many places as it used to, but it still combines results from multiple places.

      Dogpile [dogpile.com] is also still around, too, and also by Infospace, LLC.

      Search.com [search.com] used to be part of CNET but CNET is now apparently part of CBS Interactive.

      ixquick [ixquick.com] searches multiple other sites to return results and claims not to store or forward your IP address or other personal information.

      Unfortunately Highway61 appears to be no more. It was my favorite.

      NorthernLights and Magellan were big news in their time. NL took down their public-facing site. Altavista had uncannily good results once upon a time. It was shuffled around after the Digital/Compaq merger, was spun off, sold, and eventually became part of Yahoo.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 08 2015, @08:05PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 08 2015, @08:05PM (#167970)
    Where is my "Moose Wang" option?
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 08 2015, @08:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 08 2015, @08:10PM (#167973)

    metacrawler / go2net.com

    • (Score: 2) by Snow on Thursday April 09 2015, @05:18PM

      by Snow (1601) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 09 2015, @05:18PM (#168408) Journal

      Before metacrawler was webcrawler. That was my first, aside from gopher anyways.

  • (Score: 2) by TK-421 on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:01PM

    by TK-421 (3235) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:01PM (#167984) Journal

    A personal anecdote, I gained knowledge of Google in a what I felt was an odd way. I was at the hospital after the birth of my oldest child. There was a fellow new parent in the nursery who happened to be wearing an official Google shirt. This was before their IPO. The shirt just had their traditional multi-colored name and no indication as to what they were or did. I am not even convinced it was a marketing inspired shirt but it worked.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by WillAdams on Thursday April 09 2015, @07:38PM

      by WillAdams (1424) on Thursday April 09 2015, @07:38PM (#168461)

      Yeah, I probably still have an e-mail which I got from Gibson Research Consulting 'bout this new, interesting search engine w/ the unlikely name of "Google".

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by FakeBeldin on Friday April 17 2015, @07:13AM

      by FakeBeldin (3360) on Friday April 17 2015, @07:13AM (#171924) Journal

      I was at University at the time. Suddenly, the kids who knew computers better than me were always on this almost-blank page. I asked them what it was and they said it was a search engine. I couldn't believe it - there was nothing on that page! I mean, you didn't even have to search for where to enter your search!
      And yes, despite using AltaVista and Yahoo regularly, I had been hunting for the search field - the only reason I visited these sites anyway.

      I used it once, and it worked. The complete clarity of the landing page was so brilliant, I never went back.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 21 2015, @04:07PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 21 2015, @04:07PM (#173569)

        How ironic, given how the "UX" of Google has been going in recent years...

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by e_armadillo on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:03PM

    by e_armadillo (3695) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:03PM (#167985)

    I used it all the time

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    • (Score: 1) by skater on Friday April 10 2015, @02:28PM

      by skater (4342) on Friday April 10 2015, @02:28PM (#168747) Journal

      Thanks! I was trying to remember if that was the name of it, until I saw your post. Same here. I used altavista for a while after webcrawler.

      Never really used Yahoo's search. In the early days, Yahoo was careful to explain that they were a directory, not a search engine.

    • (Score: 2) by zugedneb on Thursday April 30 2015, @09:39AM

      by zugedneb (4556) on Thursday April 30 2015, @09:39AM (#177012)

      When I began my studies, we had some Dec workstations, with Mosaic browser...
      I think WebCrawler was the default(?) on those, but I may be mistaken...
      Altavista and Yahoo I saw first when the Dec:s were upgraded to Sun workstations running Netscape...
      Memory a bit shady, it was 20 years ago...

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  • (Score: 2) by The Archon V2.0 on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:23PM

    by The Archon V2.0 (3887) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:23PM (#167991)

    I think I saw Archie once but it was being demoed to me, not something I used. As for me... er... Lycos? Excite? Clinging desperately to webrings once you found something remotely related? I don't even remember for sure.

    • (Score: 2) by zocalo on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:58PM

      by zocalo (302) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @09:58PM (#168004)
      It was probably Archie for me, but I was using Veronica as well so I might have that backward. I also recall that during the early days of the web, there was a ~1MB text file you could find (with Archie or Veronica!) and download that contained an index of all the known sites. I used that too.

      And yes, there was porn. Even then. :)
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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @08:47AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @08:47AM (#168235)

        What do you mean with even then? After all, originally only adults used the internet, so there was absolutely no urge to "think of the children".

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bradley13 on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:37AM

      by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:37AM (#168277) Homepage Journal

      No clue. Lycos? Yahoo? Altavista? Something else? Back in the day (hey, get off my lawn!) they were all terrible, so I migrated to Metacrawler [wikipedia.org], which sent the query to a bunch of different search engines and blended the results. Then Google came along and put all the others to shame.

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by TheRaven on Wednesday April 22 2015, @02:35PM

      by TheRaven (270) on Wednesday April 22 2015, @02:35PM (#173989) Journal
      I don't remember which was the very first one, but I used Lycos, Infoseek and Yahoo for ages, before switching to AltaVista. I then started using Google in 2000 when someone at university introduced me to it, though I kept using AltaVista for backup because the search results were often better (but taking 30 seconds to load the search page on a 56Kb/s MODEM relegated it to occasional use). I switched to DuckDuckGo when Google decided that the up and down arrows should do different things in the Google search text field to every other text field in OS X, and stayed because it has a nicer UI and better privacy
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  • (Score: 2) by hamsterdan on Wednesday April 08 2015, @11:15PM

    by hamsterdan (2829) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @11:15PM (#168034)

    Hotbot was one of the first search engines I've used.

    • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Thursday April 09 2015, @04:38AM

      by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 09 2015, @04:38AM (#168172)

      Same!

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:43AM

      by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:43AM (#168249) Homepage
      Hotbot took over from altavista, for me.

      At work in the mid 90s, we always used to have a company social at 5pm on Fridays, so work tended to wind down a little before that. The nerdy crowd instigated a web search competition to fill the final half hour - someone, ususally the winner of the previous round, would name a concept, and the winner was the first person to find an image of that on the internet. I won almost every week I participated, and I used Hotbot as my search engine of choice. Nowadays that sounds trivial, unless you name pretty bizarre things, but back in those days it was pretty challenging - some weeks went without a winner.
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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Freeman on Wednesday April 08 2015, @11:56PM

    by Freeman (732) on Wednesday April 08 2015, @11:56PM (#168060) Journal

    The first Search Engine I used was Webcrawler. Why isn't that one of the provided choices?

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @10:00AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @10:00AM (#168262)

      Sorry, we were born yesterday. No one here is old enough to remember WebCrawler before it became a metasearch.

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:02PM

      by Freeman (732) on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:02PM (#168495) Journal

      To the crazy person who marked mine redundant, my post about Webcrawler was the first one mentioning Webcrawler.

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      • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Murdoc on Thursday April 09 2015, @10:30PM

        by Murdoc (2518) on Thursday April 09 2015, @10:30PM (#168525) Homepage

        Not really:
        "Missing option: Webcrawler . . . . (Score:2)
          by e_armadillo (3695) on Wednesday April 08, @15:03 (#167985) "
        Sorry.

        • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday April 09 2015, @10:48PM

          by Freeman (732) on Thursday April 09 2015, @10:48PM (#168533) Journal

          WebCrawler (Score:1, Redundant)
          by Freeman (732) on Wednesday April 08, @11:56AM

          Your argument is invalid.

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          • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:22PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:22PM (#168549)

            Sorry, but the other post was like 3 hours before yours, scroll up . . . .

            • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday April 10 2015, @05:42PM

              by Freeman (732) on Friday April 10 2015, @05:42PM (#168787) Journal

              Oops. XD I missed the one that mentioned WebCrawler in the title and not in the actual message.

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      • (Score: 3, Touché) by aristarchus on Sunday April 12 2015, @11:51PM

        by aristarchus (2645) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 12 2015, @11:51PM (#169466) Journal

        You're doing it again! Do you want more redundancy?

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by VanessaE on Thursday April 09 2015, @02:45AM

    by VanessaE (3396) <vanessa.e.dannenberg@gmail.com> on Thursday April 09 2015, @02:45AM (#168125) Homepage Journal

    What? No love for the World Wide Web Worm??

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by millert on Friday April 10 2015, @02:06AM

      by millert (3626) on Friday April 10 2015, @02:06AM (#168592) Homepage

      I was wondering if someone would remember the WWWW. I was one of the folks who had to try to keep the machine it ran on from running into the ground. It was basically built on top of egrep and there were a *lot* of egrep processes running on a poor little SGI Indy.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by gtomorrow on Thursday April 09 2015, @05:57AM

    by gtomorrow (2230) on Thursday April 09 2015, @05:57AM (#168195)

    Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.

    Yeah, yeah, but i have to ask where is the "Other/None of the above" option, which is almost obligatory in this case. I see a few others here mentioning Webcrawler, HotBot, Lycos, Excite, etc., all perfectly valid options, historically and technically.

    • (Score: 2) by tynin on Thursday April 09 2015, @08:58PM

      by tynin (2013) on Thursday April 09 2015, @08:58PM (#168492) Journal

      I started with webcrawler and box.sk.

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by tynin on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:00PM

        by tynin (2013) on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:00PM (#168494) Journal

        Thinking about it more, it was astalavista.box.sk, and later hack.box.sk. But for the normal stuff, webcrawler.

  • (Score: 2) by Subsentient on Thursday April 09 2015, @08:14AM

    It was probably 2004 when I first got online at 10 years old. It was google. A Windows XP box loaned to me from an online elementary school I was attending. Ironically, now I use DuckDuckGo.

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    • (Score: 2) by arashi no garou on Saturday April 11 2015, @01:36AM

      by arashi no garou (2796) on Saturday April 11 2015, @01:36AM (#168879)

      Somehow I pictured you as my age or older given your stellar work on Night Linux, but no, you were born when I was almost out of high school. I guess it's ageist of me, but I see work like that and have a renewed hope for the current twentysomething "web developer is the only developer!" bracket.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @09:55AM (#168258)

    What was the first spell check you used?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @09:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @09:31PM (#168839)

      Reminds me of the early days of the Internet gaining traction with the public, when the search engines were a bit dumber. I had a cousin who bought a dialup modem, got online with an ISP, and couldn't find ANYTHING because he spelled worse than a third grader with head trauma.

  • (Score: 1) by t-3 on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:49AM

    by t-3 (4907) on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:49AM (#168278) Journal

    Altavista - one time. I was then exposed to google (I believe through the website of the freelunchdesign guy), never looked back until 6 months ago when I switched to duckduckgo.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @03:56PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @03:56PM (#168382)
    This [google.com] or Archie. It's hard to remember.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @05:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 09 2015, @05:33PM (#168412)

    is YaCy. [wikipedia.org] It's not perfect yet but its promise is great. If you're not familiar with it or haven't tried it yet, please do.

    And for fucks sake, use anything for search except google because privacy.

    • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Friday April 24 2015, @07:11PM

      by urza9814 (3954) on Friday April 24 2015, @07:11PM (#174803) Journal

      Yeah, I've got a YaCy node on my home server...the results are atrocious though. I had it set as the default search on my phone for a while, but ended up switching to DuckDuckGo.

      Probably half the problem is my own fault due to poor configuration or something, but the admin pages kinda suck so far. There are a number of options where I simply can't find any explanation at all of what they actually do, so when I'm configuring the damn thing I don't entirely know what I'm configuring. RAM utilization on that box is always pegged at 100% too, so maybe I need to throw more hardware at it. But I'm betting my main issue is the crawler setup, since I can't seem to get one to index anything beyond a single domain...so they end up just crawling a few pages and then shutting themselves down. :(

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Appalbarry on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:53PM

    by Appalbarry (66) on Thursday April 09 2015, @11:53PM (#168556) Journal

    Remember that in its early days Yahoo actually reviewed submissions, and catalogued everything.

    Yes, that means that the links that you followed had been examined by real live people, not just collected by an all to easy to game algorithm.

    Of course, once AltaVista appeared Yahoo became the place where your dumber, slower, less cool relatives got their first e-mail address.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by khedoros on Friday April 10 2015, @09:43AM

      by khedoros (2921) on Friday April 10 2015, @09:43AM (#168682)
      I remember going to search engines and registering my Star Trek web page with them, manually and one at a time. Things were different...
      • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Friday April 10 2015, @11:31AM

        by isostatic (365) on Friday April 10 2015, @11:31AM (#168701) Journal

        Traffic to my site increased a lot the day yahoo indexed it. Also when I moved from a demon.co.uk address to botf.com - a for con name in those days really pushed you up the rankings.

    • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Friday April 10 2015, @11:29AM

      by isostatic (365) on Friday April 10 2015, @11:29AM (#168700) Journal

      It also spawned newhoo - a "cloud based social collaborative website" or some such bollocks, which was basically original yahoo without the paid staff, just vollenteers. I think that morphed into dmoz? But by then Goodge had won the internet.

      • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Thursday April 30 2015, @03:26AM

        by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 30 2015, @03:26AM (#176920) Homepage

        dmoz.org is still around.

        I remember that when it was new I browsed around dmoz.org and eventually landed on a series of episodes of a story about a guy with an invisible girlfriend. I was never able to find that story again. I never found out how it ended.

        -- hendrik

  • (Score: 2) by mendax on Friday April 10 2015, @06:30AM

    by mendax (2840) on Friday April 10 2015, @06:30AM (#168653)

    While Archie was my first Internet-based search engine, strictly speaking, the first search engine I ever used was the public library's card catalog. You can't go much farther back than that and still be living!

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @08:41AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @08:41AM (#168672)

      No, the public library's card catalog was no search engine, it was a directory. Yahoo also used to provide a directory to web pages, but the web grew to large for that to be manageable.

      Building a directory automatically is still an unsolved problem.

  • (Score: 2) by khedoros on Friday April 10 2015, @09:47AM

    by khedoros (2921) on Friday April 10 2015, @09:47AM (#168684)
    I don't know exactly which my first search engine was. I remember using combinations of Yahoo, Lycos, Altavista, Excite, Hotbot, and Askjeeves, since each one seemed to have slightly different focuses and strengths.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @03:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @03:53PM (#168766)

    ???

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Techwolf on Friday April 10 2015, @05:54PM

    by Techwolf (87) on Friday April 10 2015, @05:54PM (#168793)

    I'me surprised no metchened Infoseek. I used them due to simple page like google and it worked. I also remember them bragging there hardware of beefy SUN servers. I moved to google when infoseek became a portale page and went looking for a better search and found google in there very early days.

    • (Score: 1) by hb253 on Friday April 10 2015, @08:06PM

      by hb253 (745) on Friday April 10 2015, @08:06PM (#168827)

      I was an early Infoseek user!. I remember getting a CD from them eons ago at a computer show at rhe Javits Center.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @10:42PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @10:42PM (#168856)

      Infoseek was my preferred search engine as well. I stuck with it, but hated it after it started going commercial in the results. When it went full web portal I was done. Just like you, I went to Google. Now I'm using DuckDuckGo.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @06:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 10 2015, @06:53PM (#168814)

    which no longer exists

  • (Score: 1) by pTamok on Monday April 13 2015, @03:23PM

    by pTamok (3042) on Monday April 13 2015, @03:23PM (#169751)

    I would guess at the first search 'engine' to be my brain and a book with an index, although pre-dating that, a fast flip through the pages looking at subject headings.

    A dictionary. A phone directory. The Yellow Pages.

    I remember school projects where I would use Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Micropædia' to find topics, which were expanded upon using the ' Macropædia'.

    A library index (all those small cards held in long drawers) [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_catalog [wikipedia.org] ]

    On computers, I'm surprised non-one has mentioned Gopher [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopher_%28protocol%29 [wikipedia.org] ], which is an Internet search engine, just not a World-Wide-Web search engine, and of course, Veronica, Jughead and Archie.

    • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Monday April 13 2015, @08:30PM

      by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Monday April 13 2015, @08:30PM (#169963) Journal

      I chose Archie, but I was really thinking gopher. Gopher was pretty awesome. Next best thing to trading ftp lists on the EFNet IRC #warez channels.

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      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 14 2015, @09:18AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 14 2015, @09:18AM (#170292)

        The gopher search engine was Veronica. Gopher was the "previous WWW".

    • (Score: 2) by VortexCortex on Friday April 17 2015, @07:21AM

      by VortexCortex (4067) on Friday April 17 2015, @07:21AM (#171926)

      False dichotomy, it can be BOTH. The Internet Yellowpages was exactly how we looked up addresses when I first started using the "Internet". You would literally flip through a big dead-tree book in order to "search".

    • (Score: 2) by fritsd on Saturday April 25 2015, @09:47AM

      by fritsd (4586) on Saturday April 25 2015, @09:47AM (#175003) Journal

      I thought of gopher as well. Didn't you have to crawl up to some kind of site in Minnesota, and then back down again to find the site you wanted to visit?

      Long live the WWW! Now if only DNS can be made non-hierarchical as well..

  • (Score: 2) by cosurgi on Monday April 13 2015, @06:03PM

    by cosurgi (272) on Monday April 13 2015, @06:03PM (#169879) Journal

    My first search engine was galeon, I even barely remember their logo. It was around 1993

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by NCommander on Tuesday April 14 2015, @05:05PM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Tuesday April 14 2015, @05:05PM (#170460) Homepage Journal

    My first experience with searching on the internet was archie for files, and sometimes using Veronica; at the time Yahoo was a directory without much of search function that I could remember. I used to remember telneting to archie.au because it was the server I could always remember no matter what.

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  • (Score: 2) by arslan on Thursday April 16 2015, @02:38AM

    by arslan (3462) on Thursday April 16 2015, @02:38AM (#171324)

    But I voted Yahoo because I heard of it first and used it first, before I discovered other search engines like lycos and altavista on it.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Adrian Harvey on Thursday April 16 2015, @02:46AM

    by Adrian Harvey (222) on Thursday April 16 2015, @02:46AM (#171331)

    The Australian Archie server was incredibly useful as it's address was a.au. So if you wanted a known always-up host on the internet for a ping test to make sure the internet connection you has just set up for someone was working right through to the real world, a.au was one of the shortest valid hostnames available. I used it heaps to save on typing!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 26 2015, @09:45AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 26 2015, @09:45AM (#175310)

    Before I switched to Google, they also had the clean UI that Google has. It started getting more and more cluttered. It was a perfectly good search engine. I could tell if the first result showing up on entering 2N3055 was actually the PDF datasheet. (Bing, for instance, doesn't).

  • (Score: 1) by Bogsnoticus on Monday April 27 2015, @05:28AM

    by Bogsnoticus (3982) on Monday April 27 2015, @05:28AM (#175588)

    My first search tool was a map, compass and torch, that comprised of 3 individual items, not one of these newfangled smart whatchamajigits.

    Was using something before Alta Vista, but be buggered if the name springs to mind. Now, git orf my lawn, you whippersnappers with your rock'n'roll dancing and hula hoops.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 28 2015, @02:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 28 2015, @02:26PM (#176071)

    My first search engine was me. I visited all those webring links manually and decided whether the site was worth reading or not.

  • (Score: 2) by CirclesInSand on Wednesday April 29 2015, @07:39AM

    by CirclesInSand (2899) on Wednesday April 29 2015, @07:39AM (#176502)

    Does anyone remember using a card catalog at the library, before the internet? Man, those were the days. There used to be no internet. It wasn't so bad really. I wouldn't mind if the internet was shut off for a year or so for the whole world, just for sanity sake.

  • (Score: 2) by morgauxo on Wednesday April 29 2015, @04:26PM

    by morgauxo (2082) on Wednesday April 29 2015, @04:26PM (#176707)

    I don't know, it might have been Altavista for me. Then again, I also remember Excite and Infoseek. Which came first? I would guess Infoseek but it wasn't even an option. No doubt there have been too many to list them all but how about an 'other'?

  • (Score: 1) by Barnaby on Wednesday April 29 2015, @05:03PM

    by Barnaby (5160) on Wednesday April 29 2015, @05:03PM (#176726)

    I remember seeing those addresses starting with http and not knowing what to do with them. Telnet would not accept them. Later I discovered I could telnet somewhere at cern.ch and they provided access to lynx (the old lynx, with numbered links in square brackets). FIBS had some obscure address somewhere under chalmers.se, there was a chess server too, some IRC servers also accessible via telnet, and not much else. So yes, the archie + ftp combo was for me about the only way to find and download anything useful.